TWO Newstead men who punched and kicked a man as he lay on the ground in a “drink-fuelled” attack in Mansfield town centre have been spared immediate jail sentences.
Zak Sargeant and Jamie Lunn set upon the victim in November last year after he came over to intervene in an altercation the pair were having with another group of people.
Mansfield Magistrates’ Court heard that the victim told police he heard Lunn ask “do you want to go?”, which he took to mean fight.
Lunn (20), of Abbey Road, then suddenly lashed out, knocking him to the floor on Stockwell Gate.
A CCTV recording played in court then showed Lunn kick the man as he lay on the ground at 1 am on Saturday November 27.
Sargeant (20), of Fraser Street, then also approached and punched the man a number of times before both attackers walked off.
The victim felt blows to his head and cried out in pain caused by a knee injury as he fell backwards.
Lunn and Sargeant, who admitted common assault, were stopped by police shortly after the attack.
Treve Lander, defending Lunn, said his client regretted the attack.
“He accepts his full involvement and that this should not have happened,” he said.
Mr Lander also said there had been an element of provocation as the victim followed Lunn a short distance along Stockwell Gate before the attack.
The court was also told Sargeant had had problems in his personal life and accepted he made a “silly mistake”.
Both men held their heads in their hands as the CCTV footage was shown.
District Judge Diana Baker told the pair: “This was drink-fuelled town centre violence when you both were very drunk.”
Lunn, was handed ten weeks in prison and Sargeant eight weeks with both sentences suspended for a year. Both were also given curfews and 12-month supervision orders.
The pair will also pay £100 compensation and £85 court costs each.